Recently completed Chapter activities are recorded here for reference.
Photographing the Lincoln Highway
Sparks Heritage Museum, Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm
Mark Vollmer, professional photographer and member of the Sierra Arts Council will present tips for photographing the Lincoln Highway. An award-winning TMCC instructor, Mark is a LHA member and will present a how-to slide show on photographing the Lincoln Highway. Mark has taught photography workshops in the Truckee Meadows/Lake Tahoe area for over 25 years. His love of history and beauty of all kinds naturally translates into his lectures & classes. He is a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from Truckee Meadows Community College.
Find out how to evocatively capture design elements such as color, lines and patterns during a 45-minute slide show program inside the Sparks Museum; then put your newfound knowledge to work amid the glow & shadows of late afternoon along Victorian Avenue outside the museum. Whether you use a phone or any other camera, you’re welcome to join in. Also bring note taking materials, as well as water and hat for the outdoor shoot. More information on what to bring is coming. Upstairs in the museum's Cultural Center. The museum is located on the Sparks section of the Lincoln Highway, 820 B Street (Victorian Way) at Pyramid Way. Their phone number is 775-355-1144.
Lincoln Highway Road Trip - Verdi, Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 1:30 pm
This event was cancelled. Jim Bonar will lead a trip out to the Verdi, NV area to identify where the LH was located. Sadly, with so much construction and development going on in that area, much of the integrity of the various alignments have changed. In other words, see it before it is gone! Mark your calendars for October 1st. It will most likely be a half-day tour, details to follow.
UPDATE!! Lincoln Highway Bridge Railings Cleanup POSTPONED!
The bridge railings cleanup for Wednesday, August 31 at 9:00 am has been postponed. Future date is TBD.
Lincoln Highway Bridge Railings Cleanup: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
The bridge railings at the scenic viewpoint truck stop at Mogul can use some maintenance and cleanup. Volunteers to help with the work are needed. The Nevada Chapter has adopted this far western I-80 LH site. Depending on the number of helpers this should take about two to three hours and is targeted for the cooler morning. Please bring trash bags, weeding/garden tools and if you have one, a safety vest. The more people we have the faster it will go. And remember sunblock, a hat and water! For those who have not been there, the turnoff is on the east side of I-80 between Exits 7 and 6 at the Scenic viewpoint and Historical Marker sign. Wednesday, August 31 at 9:00 am.
Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting: Saturday, July 23, 2022
After the COVID hiatus, Nevada Chapter will resume our membership meeting on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Noon, Louis's Basque Corner, 301 E. 4th Street, Reno. A no host lunch will start things off followed by the chapter meeting. The lunch averages between $25 to $30 per person includes everything (tax and tip) and is served family style. Among the topics on the agenda will be the nomination and election of Chapter officers, the LHA Chairman's report, signage along the route in Nevada, the 2023 LHA conference in California, suggestions for LHA grants, and ideas for future events and projects. If you have ideas to share please contact Cindy Ainsworth before the meeting. Please consider volunteering to serve on the board. A detailed meeting agenda is forthcoming. Please RSVP Cindy by July 20th at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend either the lunch or meeting or both. See you there!
Lincoln Highway History Presentation
Sparks Heritage Museum, Saturday, July 16, 2022, 2:00 pm
Following the opening ceremonies for the new Lincoln Highway exhibit, Jim Bonar, LHA Nevada Chapter Director, will give a talk about the importance, influence and impact of the Lincoln Highway across America. Jim is known for his entertaining and informative presentations. Upstairs in the museum's Cultural Center. The museum is located on the Sparks section of the Lincoln Highway, 820 B Street (Victorian Way) at Pyramid Way. Their phone number is 775-355-1144.
Sparks Heritage Museum, Lincoln Highway Exhibit Official Opening
Saturday, July 16, 2022, 1:30 pm
Museum Director Christine Johnson invites all LHA Chapter members, members of the Heritage Museum and the general public to the opening of the new gallery exhibit about the Lincoln Highway. Our chapter has been working with the museum in developing and updating the exhibit and have loaned several items for display. The museum is located on the Sparks section of the Lincoln Highway, 820 B Street (Victorian Way) at Pyramid Way. Their phone number is 775-355-1144.
This meeting was cancelled due to the resurgence of COVID Delta. A new meeting has yet to be determined.
Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting: Saturday, August 28, 2021`
The next meeting of the Nevada Chapter is scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Noon, Louis's Basque Corner, 301 E. 4th Street, Reno. We will begin with a no host lunch followed by the chapter meeting. Among the topics to be discussed will be suggestions for future events and projects. If you have ideas to share please contact Cindy Ainsworth before the meeting. In addition, voting for our executive board members is planned. Please consider volunteering to serve on the board. A detailed meeting agenda is forthcoming. Please RSVP Cindy at email@example.com if you are planning to attend either the lunch or meeting or both. See you there!
Carson to Tahoe Lincoln Highway Trail Bike Ride: Saturday, August 22, 2020
The California Chapter will host a ride from Carson City to Lake Tahoe on the Lincoln Highway. The event will be led by Neil Rodriguez and is intended for small displacement trail bikes. The ride is planned for 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Contact Neil for more details at 408-374-6288, cell: 408-506-6288 or Neil_Rodrigues@yahoo.com.
Fun, Historical and Scenic Mountainous Trail Bike Ride for small displacement Trail Bikes. ~60 miles round trip. Experienced dirt riding abilities are necessary. BRING A CAMERA!
Neil Rodrigues leads you on a section of one of the earliest roads across America –The Lincoln Highway!
We meet in Carson City Nevada at the 1928 Lincoln Highway Directional Marker for a group photo, then we head out on dirt roads to travel to South Lake Tahoe for lunch. Along the way we will be riding a section of the 1913-1928 Lincoln Highway, seeing road infrastructure and views which made up this road and traveling as they did in the early days
of crossing the country. We will then ride the ridge across the top of the Sierra Mountains with spectacular views, with a stop for lunch in South Lake Tahoe.
Bikes must be Street Legal, and in good running condition. There currently is no planned sweep vehicle for this ride.
Riders must have confident dirt riding experience.
This is a slow Trail Bike Ride to have outdoor fun with our small trail bikes. This event is designed for Honda Trail 90s/110s, Yamaha 80s thru125s, and Kawi ‘Trail-whackers’ and Suzuki TS/TC Trail Bikes of small displacement. Please no large bikes - Large dirt bikes will not enjoy the slow pace of this ride. There are some challenging dirt sections, yet doable for all who have had dirt riding experience. There are some road sections, but not for very long distances.
Crossing the Sierras with TC Wohlbruck: Saturday, June 6, 2020
Due to concerns for the coronavirus pandemic, this presentation has been cancelled. Please check back for a rescheduled date in the near future.
Trey Pilsenberger, Vice President of the California Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, will present "Crossing the Sierras with TC Wohlbruck and his Canteen Service Stations" at 2:00 pm, Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, (775) 355-1144.
TC. Wohlbrück was a photographer who arrived in California in 1912 from Massachusetts after getting a divorce in Reno. While traveling around the state in his automobile taking school class photos, he realized that cars needed regular oil and water top offs as well as gasoline. Being an entrepreneur, he addressed the problem by building what he called a “Lookout” and “Canteen Service Station” at Emigrant Gap along the Lincoln Highway’s northern California route over Donner Summit. Wohlbrück would go on to build other Canteens. Using Wohlbrück’s wonderful real photograph postcards of the Sierra, this program will tell the story about this enterprising photographer.
Trey Pitsenberger is a horticulturist at The Golden Gecko Garden Center, his nursery in Garden Valley just outside Placerville, California. Trey and his wife Monica have a keen interest in history and started their YouTube channel, "Adventures in California History" to share that interest. Trey is the current Vice-President of the California chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, as well as Field Secretary for signage in California.
Rails to Neon: Pop Art Photography - Saturday, April 4, 2020
A one day photographic workshop given by Chapter member, Mark Vollmer. --- Take fascinating images of our area’s rich heritage as seen through its pop art. In this combination lecture-field shoot class, explore how to capture rich colors, contrast cool and warm hues, incorporate architectural lines and patterns, strategically place converging lines and use different angles of light to illuminate your subject. Follow the Lincoln Highway, Reno’s once bustling corridor, to photograph unique art including 1940s neon signs, metal sculptures and murals. In addition, learn how to freeze eras in time by practicing shooting differing perspectives of the railroad, casinos’ bright lights and an old barn. Lecture: April 4, 2020 Saturday 10 am - 1 pm. Followed by the Field Shoot: 4 - 8 pm. TMCC Meadowood Center, 5270 Neil Road, Reno, Room 320. $89 fee. Here’s the information link:
History of Camping Presentation: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Kimberly Roberts from UNR’s Special Collections department, will look at the rise of recreational camping in the Far West, beginning with its origins in non-recreational life patterns, including migration, military, and exploration. She will trace the rise of the automobile culture and the construction of roads and campgrounds and will discuss the growth of camping equipment, now a huge industry. The presentation will also take a look at camping and recreational clubs.
Kimberly Roberts grew up all over the inter-mountain west, mainly in Colorado. She studied literature and history at Colorado State and history of photography, science, environment and landscape at UNR. Ms. Roberts has worked at many museums and archives, including being photograph curator at the UNR library’s Special Collections department. She wrote her master’s thesis on Sierra Club photography and this talk’s research is an off-shoot of that.
2:00 pm at the Sparks Museum & Cultural Center • 814 Victorian Ave. • Sparks, NV 89431 • (775) 355-1144
Nevada Chapter Meeting: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Our first Chapter meeting of 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, February 1st at Noon, Louis’ Basque Corner, 301 E. 4th Street, Reno. As usual, we will first have lunch and then have a brief meeting to talk about upcoming 2020 events and an update on current doings. Let me know if you have any agenda items and please RSVP to Cindy by January 27 at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Presentation: 100 YEARS LATER: The 1919 Transcontinental Military Motor Convoy
Speaker: Jim Bonar, Nevada Chapter State Director of the Lincoln Highway Association
Where: Churchill County Museum, 1050 S Maine St, Fallon, NV 89406. (775) 423-3677
When: Tuesday, October 1, 2019. 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
In 1919, after World War 1, the U.S. Army needed to find if they had the ability to move troops and equipment from the fortified east coast to the west. Japan now was growing in military power, and all were concerned. Trucks were just in their infancy, and had been used in Europe during the war to move troops and equipment, the test: Were our roads up to the needs of the Army Transportation Corps? Find out if they were and compare the highways of 1919 to today's. The talk will include a 30-minute video of the trip. This is film footage that was taken 100 years ago, these short clips are all that is left of the more than three hours that were filmed.
Come early and view the museum's new exhibition, "Linkin' The Country. On the Lincoln Highway."
This event is free to the public - refreshments to follow.
Nevada Chapter Meeting: Tentative Date and Location
Plans are in progress for our last Chapter meeting of the year with a possible date of Saturday, October 26th at the Churchill County Museum, Fallon. Lunch at noon and then our meeting at around 1:30 pm hopefully at the museum. This will be a great opportunity to view the excellent museum's new exhibition, "Linkin' The Country. On the Lincoln Highway", socialize with your fellow roadies, and hear about our chapter's upcoming plans. Tentatively lunch is being planned for The Maine Street Cafe (about $12 to $16 per person for a nice lunch) just a few blocks from the museum.
Please consider attending and contact Cindy Ainsworth to RSVP (email@example.com; 775-240-2247)
Free Raffle for Lincoln Highway Prizes!!
The chapter meeting being planned for Fallon will feature a special treat! A free raffle for Lincoln Highway treasures! Each attendee to the meeting will receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win one of four special prizes! All chapter members and their guests are encouraged to join us. You can be a winner! Join us in Fallon.
Road Trip: Pioneer Branch Route
August 24th: Jim Bonar, LHA Nevada State Director, will lead a tour of the Pioneer Branch of the Lincoln Highway from Fallon to Carson City. The tour will begin at 9:00 am at Fallon with stops along the way. We will tour the old Highway to the Lahontan dam, and then onto Dayton. The Compadres Mexican Restaurant in Dayton will be the setting for a no host lunch at noon. After lunch you will have the opportunities to visit the Historical Society of Dayton Valley and the many historic building in town. The tour will continue on to Carson City to the old mint and the Nevada State Museum. You will have an opportunity to take a photo with the 1928 Lincoln Highway marker there at the Museum. Tour the Museum or visit Carson City on your own before you return home.The tour will end at about 3:00 pm. If you are interested in being part of this tour please let Cindy Ainsworth know at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday August 16th.
Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting
The Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will hold a special annual meeting and lunch on July 20th at Noon at Louis' Basque Corner, 301 East 4th Street, Reno. Here is their website address: www.louisbasquecorner.com.
As usual, we will first have lunch at Noon and then hold the special annual meeting to vote for our executive board. Future chapter activities will be reviewed and member comments and suggestions will be welcomed. Let Cindy Ainsworth know if you have any agenda items and please RSVP to Cindy at email@example.com. See you there!
Commemorating the History of 4th Street & Prater Way
Saturday, May 4th, 2:00 pm at the Sparks Heritage Museum
The corridor stretching from 4th Street in Reno through Prater Way in Sparks is one of the region's most historic thoroughfares, from its roots as a county road, railway bed, and streetcar route to its designation as the Lincoln and Victory Highways and U.S. Highway 40. In 2011, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County initiated a multi-year partnership with historian Alicia Barber, PhD, to document the history of this important road and help incorporate its rich heritage into the transit improvements that were completed in 2018. In this highly visual presentation, Dr. Barber will discuss her research into the corridor's history and her efforts to commemorate and promote it.
Dr. Alicia Barber is an award-winning historian and writer specializing in Nevada and the American West. She is the producer and host of the KUNR 88.7 FM history segment, “Time & Place with Alicia Barber,” and the author of the book Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City. She also co-founded and edits the map-based smart phone app and website, Reno Historical (renohistorical.org). Through her firm, Stories in Place, Dr. Barber collaborates frequently with government agencies, museums, architects, and community groups on projects ranging from oral histories and historical websites to museum exhibits and historic preservation. She has served on Nevada's Board of Museums and History since 2012.
Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Ave, Sparks, NV 89431, (775) 355-1144, http://sparksmuseum.org/
Photo below of the Reno Traction Company Car No. 5, courtesy of Alicia Barber.
Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting
The next Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association general meeting and lunch will take place on March 2nd at noon at Silver Peak Brewery and Restaurant, 124 Wonder Street, Reno. Here is the Silver Peak website address: http://silverpeakbrewery.com. The meeting will take place upstairs at the Brewery.
As usual, we will first have lunch and then have a brief meeting to talk about upcoming 2019 events and an update on current doings. Mainly, we will discuss our 2019 road trip in August along with other upcoming projects. Let me know if you have any agenda items and please RSVP to Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Another topic we should discuss is how we can increase our membership. We have been losing members throughout last year and we also have members who are leaving the state. Please think about how we can do some more outreach.
Lincoln Highway Presentation
Lincoln Highway 101 --- Jim Bonar, Nevada State Director of the Lincoln Highway Association, will give a free presentation on the Lincoln Highway across America on February 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV 89431, (775) 355-1144 . The Lincoln Highway Association was responsible for the mapping and definition of the first transcontinental highway across the country and was formed on October 31, 1913. Jim’s presentation will explain how the Association was formed and the evolution of the highway until its demise in 1926. Jim’s narration along with vintage photos and short films will take you on a tour across the country on the Lincoln Highway. The program will include many photos and maps of the highway’s paths across Nevada and the Sierra. Admission to the museum for this presentation is free.
Reno's Lost Highway
Wedge-Outside-The-Box presents an exhibit by Reno area artists, poets and writers about 4th Street from Verdi to Prater Way. University of Nevada, Reno - Jot Travis Building, Student Gallery South. January 11 - 23, 2019. Remembering old Highway 40 and its roadside culture before Interstate 80. "Gone are the historic neon signs, the tales of Lash LaRue, the Coney Island Auto Park, the quickie divorce motels and thriving mid-century bars and restaurants."
Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting
The next Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway general meeting and lunch will take place on November 3rd at Noon at Silver Peak Brewery and Restaurant, 124 Wonder Street, Reno. While not located on the Lincoln Highway, we are trying out Silver Peak this time around. The restaurant is located in one of Reno’s early farm houses located in the Wells Avenue area. Here is the Silver Peak link: http://silverpeakbrewery.com.
As usual, we will first have lunch and then have a brief meeting to talk about upcoming 2019 events and an update on current doings. The meeting will take place upstairs at the Brewery. Please RSVP to Cindy Ainsworth, Nevada Chapter President, at email@example.com. Any agenda item suggestions? Let Cindy know. See you then!
Lincoln Highway Tweed Ride
October 7, 2018
The Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance is excited to bring a brand new event to Washoe County. On October 7, we are hosting the Lincoln Highway Tweed Ride! What is a tweed ride, you ask?
A tweed ride is part group bike ride, part costume party, and part historical tour! We invite everyone to break out their dapperest of historical fashion (but it isn’t required) and join us for a family-friendly bike ride from the Depot in Reno to Victorian Plaza in Sparks. What better way to experience the newly constructed bike lanes on 4th and Prater?
The event is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Riders will get a chance to stop along the route and learn about the history of Reno and Sparks. The event will culminate in a party at Victorian Plaza, including food, music, and prizes.
For more information check out their Facebook site:
September 6, 2018. Gold Hill Water System Presentation
September 15 and 16, 2018. Donner Party Hikes and Lincoln Highway Presentation
Jim Bonar is scheduled to deliver a presentation concerning the Gold Hill Water System on September 6, 2018, at the Gold Hill Hotel in Virginia City. The lecture includes dinner at 5:00 pm followed by the presentation at 7:00 pm. One may register online for the dinner and/or the lecture. The lecture only is $5.00.
On September 15 and16, 2018, five separate Donner Party hikes are scheduled to take place by the Donner Lake Historical Society. On Saturday afternoon, September 15, 2018, after the conclusion of the hikes, Mr. Bonar will deliver a presentation on the Lincoln Highway, which crossed Donner Summit and was the precursor of today’s Interstate 80. The presentation will be held at the Mt. Judah Lodge at Donner Summit. Preregistration is required with limited same day registration. $50.00/hiker or $60.00 after August 27. Complete hike description and registration forms can be found at - www.donnerpartyhike.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 25, 2018. Clear Creek Canyon Field Trip. A Day Trip on Old Clear Creek Highway and the 1928 Realignment of the Lincoln Highway.
Join LHA members Janette Bloom and Jan Marson on Saturday, August 25 for a day trip exploring Clear Creek Canyon in Carson City. We will gather at 9:30 a.m. at the Stewart Indian School main entrance at 5500 Snyder Avenue. First we will travel the Stewart Indian School Trail (via car or on foot) while using cell phones to hear alumni and employees relate their personal experiences at the school.
We then head up Clear Creek Canyon to explore the 1928 alignment of the Lincoln Highway.
Suggested donation (includes lunch): $15.00 payable to “Nevada Chapter LHA” and send to our Treasurer: Tom Davis, 3590 Cherokee Avenue, Carson City, NV 89705-6931. Or come to the membership meeting on July 21 and hand your check to Tom in person.
Please RSVP by August 20th to Cindy Ainsworth at email@example.com. Cindy said: "This will be a jammed packed fun day so I hope you can make it!"
For more information and images about the field trip and a discussion of the old alignment download this file:
VERDI NEIGHBORHOOD BBQ
The Verdi History Center invites you
To join us for an evening of food, fun and friends.
SATURDAY AUGUST 11, 2018
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
740 Second Street in Verdi
Hamburger or Hot Dog, Salad and Beans
Children under 12--$7.00
Tickets available at:
Verdi History Center
River Belle Market
Outlaw Coffee Shop
Call 345-0202 or 345-0173
August 4, 2018. Discover Lost Carson City
Discover the Lost Carson City as told by Dr. Peter Mires. Come in from the heat and enjoy this fascinating topic! Using historic photos, Dr. Mires will speak about those forgotten early Carson City buildings.
Meet the Author, Peter B. Mires in the informative lecture series supported by the Lincoln Highway Association, Sparks Museum and sponsored by the City of Sparks. First Saturday Lecture Series are free to all who come to hear about the early development of Nevada’s state capital. This lecture is scheduled August 4th 2-3pm in the Sparks Museum Cultural Center.
Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting
Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 21, 2018. The location is Louis' Basque Corner, 301 East 4th Street, Reno, NV 89501 at the corner of Evans and East 4th Street. Lunch begins at Noon followed by the chapter meeting about 1:30 pm. All chapter members and their guests are invited. Please try to attend as this is our annual membership election meeting where we will be voting for the chapter officers for the coming year.
July 7, 2018. What Americans Were Driving In the First Decades of the Lincoln Highway presented by Dr. William Cathey. The free program will be held on July 7th, at 2:00 pm at the Sparks Heritage Museum. American automobiles and highways progressed at a rapid pace as Americans embraced the automobile life style from the mid-teens through the 1930s. The automobiles used on the Lincoln Highway from its introduction will be discussed along with the history of the companies and their leaders. It's a fascinating story of the evolution and impact of the automobile transportation system.
William N. Cathey started his professional career as a physics faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1967 and retired as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Physics in 2013. Professor Cathey’s research was related to the electronic structure of metals and alloys, including alloys that absorb large amounts of hydrogen. His teaching experience included introductory through graduate-level physics as well as interdisciplinary courses and lectures on the history and social impact of the automobile. He has participated in the National Automobile Museum’s History Symposium for several years and his hobbies include maintaining some ‘50s and ‘60s sports cars.
Above Donner Lake, California, taken in 1915 by Austin F. Bement, Secretary of the Lincoln Highway Association, and Henry B. Joy, President of the Lincoln Highway Association. Donner Lake is located approximately 33 miles to the west. Photo courtesy of University of Michigan Lincoln Highway Digital Image Collection, accession no. —lhc0008.
Lake Tahoe Lecture Rescheduled
Due to inclement weather Dr. Peter Mires' lecture on Lake Tahoe's Rustic Architecture was cancelled for Saturday, March 3. Please note the new date for this event. This notice posted on Monday, March 26.
June 2, 2018: Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture ---- Our first program event for 2018 will take place on Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 pm at the Sparks Heritage Museum, 820 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, (775) 355-1144. The special lecture will feature Dr. Peter Mires who will present a look at Lake Tahoe’s rustic architecture; a feature that many Lincoln Highway travelers experienced during those early years of the roadway.
Join us as Dr. Peter Mires, historical geographer and Carson City resident, presents an illustrated lecture on the rustic architecture of the Lake Tahoe region. Material for the talk comes from his recently published book "Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture". As most Tahoeites know, rustic has become Tahoe’s brand; its expression extends beyond homes and resorts to include myriad forms―churches, stores, restaurants, and a host of ancillary structures among them. Although Dr. Mires will focus largely on its Gilded Age―to―Great Depression heyday, he will invite discussion of what many call “mountain architecture” or simply “Tahoe style.”
Tahoe Meadows Garage/State Line Post Office Young Bros. Resort, Lake Tahoe
Photo courtesy of Peter Mires Photo courtesy of Peter Mires